03/10/2006 12:00AM

Foes glad Smokey Glacken's gone

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Corinthian may wear blinkers for his next start in the April 8 Wood.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Trainer Jimmy Jerkens will be heading back to New York on Wednesday and taking his entire stable north with him. That news will be greeted with a sigh of relief from the connections of any filly and mare with an eye toward running in next Saturday's Grade 2 Shirley Jones Breeders' Cup Handicap at Gulfstream Park.

Jerkens's departure means Smokey Glacken will also be heading back to New York, ending her brief reign of terror over the local filly and mare sprint division, which included easy wins in both the Grade 3 First Lady and Grade 3 Hurricane Bertie handicaps earlier this winter.

"There are a lot of races back home for her," said Jerkens.

He said Smokey Glacken will likely make her next start in the Grade 2 Distaff Breeders' Cup Handicap, a six-furlong race at Aqueduct on March 25.

The van bringing Jerkens's horses north will also be transporting his top 3-year-old prospect Corinthian and reigning Breeders' Cup Mile winner Artie Schiller.

Jerkens said he has gotten over the shock of Corinthian's disqualification from first to third in last Saturday's Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes. His job now is to try to plot out a strategy that might prevent the talented but headstrong Corinthian from misbehaving in future endeavors, beginning with the Wood Memorial on April 8.

"I might look at putting some blinkers on him," said Jerkens. "I really don't want to because he's been rating so nice and kind during his races without them, but I have to do something. I'll probably gallop him with them for a couple of days and maybe work him in them once and see how he does."

Jerkens also said Artie Schiller is getting closer to his 2006 debut, which could come in the Grade 2 Maker's Mark Mile at Keeneland on April 14.

"He's actually done enough down here to run but he's not quite ready yet," said Jerkens. "When we get home I'll let him take off a little bit in the morning. The Maker's Mark is the most logical spot for his first start. Either that or the Fort Marcy."

The Grade 3 Fort Marcy will be run at Aqueduct on April 22.

Smuggler not yet ready to run

Trainer Shug McGaughey said that his Eclipse Award winner Smuggler will have her first recorded workout this weekend at Payson Park. Smuggler has not started since winning the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks in July.

"She's doing fine," said McGaughey. "I've pretty much just been letting her do a little something at the end of her gallops like 13- or 14-second eighths. But unless the weather is bad she'll be on the work tab this weekend."

McGaughey had originally hoped to have Smuggler ready for the Grade 2 Rampart Handicap here on March 25 but said that will not happen.

"She won't make the Rampart," said McGaughey. "She hasn't run since July so she might fall into something either at the end of this meet or when we get back to New York."

Hot Space sharp in return

Trainer Ralph Ziadie said he was extremely pleased with Hot Space's entry-level allowance victory in Thursday's feature race. The outing was the first for Hot Space since mid-August at Saratoga.

"I was very happy with the way he ran, especially since I was a little worried about him having to go 6 1/2 furlongs the first time back," said Ziadie.

Ziadie said the 4-year-old Hot Space, who finished third behind Lost in the Fog in Calder's Carry Back Stakes in only his second career start last summer, will stay sprinting for the time being and is likely to return in a second-level allowance race later in the meet.

L'Oiseau d'Argent awaits Keeneland

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin had originally planned to run both Muqbil and L'Oiseau d'Argent in Saturday's Canadian Turf Handicap but in the end entered only Muqbil.

"We just opted not to run L'Oiseau d'Argent. He's just fine," McLaughlin said. "I just thought the race might have come up a little tougher than he wants."

McLaughlin said he would likely wait and take L'Oiseau d'Argent to Keeneland for his next start.